Meet Me at Midnite

Meet Me at Midnite

by Maria Muldaur


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Wisely, Shout! Factory has picked up Maria Muldaur's two early-'90s recordings -- this one and Louisiana Love Call -- from the defunct Black Top label for reissue. While both these recordings are excellent, it's Meet Me at Midnite that offers a portrait of the artist as a hardcore R&B singer of the highest order. Produced by John Porter, Muldaur surrounds herself with crack studio players including Rick Vito, Johnny Lee Schell, Hutch Hutchinson, Bill Payne, and a slew of others. Where Louisiana Love Call focused on the music of New Orleans, Meet Me at Midnite digs deep into various dimensions of the Memphis sound -- soul, R&B, and blues -- and concentrates on the myriad stages and phases of love. While it's true that the set opens with "Trouble With My Lover" by the Crescent City's Allen Toussaint, its vibe is pure Memphis: funky, dirty grooves, packed in a tight cut-time beat and Muldaur shouting the blues with a big, clear ringing voice that wrenches emotion from every syllable. Likewise, the title cut by Vito and John Herron crawls down into the blues alley with killer slide guitar riffs winding their way around Muldaur's seductive vocals. "Sweet Simple Love" is pure soul power. Muldaur's croon is affective, surrounded by a backing chorus that includes Tracy Nelson, stating her pure spiritually amorous intentions in front of a popping horn section and B-3 choogle. The gritty yet laid-back shimmy and funk of "Recovered Soul" bears the marks of all of Muldaur's strengths: steady yet emotive delivery, in-the-pocket rhythmic phrasing, and communicative in both range and articulation. In all, Meet Me at Midnite is one of those overlooked gems that got a second life. It's one of her strongest recordings; don't miss it.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663434422
catalogNumber: 34344
Rank: 76485

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Performance Credits

Maria Muldaur   Primary Artist,Tambourine,Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Background Vocals
Rick Vito   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Don Bryant   Background Vocals
Tony Braunagel   Percussion,Drums
Dee Dee Dickerson   Background Vocals
Tommy Eyre   Organ
Mike Finnegan   Background Vocals
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Marty Grebb   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal),Soloist
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Organ,Piano
Ann Peebles   Background Vocals
John Porter   Dobro,Guitar
Becky Russell   Background Vocals
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar,Soloist
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
John Woodhead   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Fulcher   Bass
Vaneta Thompson   Background Vocals
Rugenia Faith Taylor   Background Vocals
Dianne Carter   Background Vocals
Charles Lovett   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rory Block   Composer
Tracy Nelson   Composer
Maria Muldaur   Composer,Liner Notes
Rick Vito   Composer
Earl Cate   Composer
Ernie Cate   Composer
Jon Cleary   Composer
Marty Grebb   Composer
Hammond Scott   Executive Producer
Norman Harris   Composer
John Herron   Composer
Teresa James   Composer
Joe McGrath   Engineer
Steve Moos   Composer
John Porter   Producer,Audio Production
Leroy Preston   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Rich Veltrop   Engineer
Andrew Warwick   Engineer
Terry Wilson   Songwriter,Composer
Jerry Finn   Engineer
Nauman S. Scott   Executive Producer
Matt Pakucko   Engineer
Bucky Lindsey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Roberts   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer

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